An increasing number of resorts in North America and Europe are opening as the ski season gets underway, underpinned by favourable weather conditions.
The Ski Club of Great Britain reports that five to ten centimetres of snowfall ensured the French ski resorts of Courchevel
had a particularly good start to the snow sports season.
People planning to take ski holidays in Canada will be glad to hear that temperatures fell as low as minus 40 degrees last weekend, giving Fernie, Revelstoke and Kicking Horse in British Columbia a good start.
The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) recently highlighted the variety that can be found while taking holidays in the country.
According to Susan Iris, vice president of strategic initiatives and 2010 Winter Games at the CTC, "iconic" experiences await visitors to the country thanks to urban cities and cultural attractions.
Visitors from key European markets made 996,876 overnight trips to Canada, figures from CTC recently showed.
Written by Chris Smith.